Early transistor radios were primarily used as devices to convey news, sports, and rock 'n roll music. In all three formats, audio fidelity was a low priority.

      In the mid-sixties, consumers began paying attention to radio fidelity.  Transistor radios were getting better, music bass lines were going deeper.  By that time, music could sound really good on some expensive transistor radios.  But few kids had the bucks  for those.

      Extension speakers were effective accessories for those, like me, who could not afford a nice radio.  Speakers like this one made a shirt pocket radio sound HUGE.

      Fidelity was greatly improved, although I'd describe the sound as 'totally tubular, man!"
 

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